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Friday 26th July 2013

2012 and the 'Legacy' Games: assessing the Olympic Legacy one year on

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For many years sport has been viewed by political elites as a panacea of all ills. In particular sports mega-events, such as the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup, are looked upon as opportunities to transform, increase, improve and grow anything from mass participation in physical activity, to urban regeneration, economic growth and a nation's international image. The benefits derived from such events are termed 'legacies,' and the promise of them materialising is often used as the chief justificatory discourse for the investment of large sums of public finance into hosting a sports mega-event at the outset.
Date:
Friday 26th July 2013
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Sport
Wednesday 17th July 2013

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?

A Wimbledon victory – was science the secret behind Murray's success?
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Professor Nikos Ntoumanis' Birmingham Brief about the science behind Andy Murray's success at Wimbledon 2013.
Date:
Wednesday 17th July 2013
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Sport
Thursday 24th March 2011

Is our atmosphere a commodity?

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This week is Climate Week but has anyone noticed? Events in Libya and Japan have quite rightly grabbed both the headlines and the inside pages of the media. Nevertheless, climate events have been running throughout the country to try and show that climate should still be high on the nation's agenda. 23 March, as well as being Budget Day in the UK, was also World Meteorological Day commemorating the founding of the World Meteorological Organisation in 1950. The theme this year is 'Climate for you'.
Date:
Thursday 24th March 2011
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
Friday 18th March 2011

What future for the nuclear industry?

What future for the nuclear industry?
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The tragic events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant constitute the worst nuclear disaster in more than two decades. Whilst the human cost is of paramount importance and rightly dominates the headlines there will also be significant implications for the future of the world wide nuclear industry, which suffered a 20 year decline after the partial core meltdown at Three Mile Island and the disaster at Chernobyl. Both events reinforced the negative public perception toward nuclear power that had emerged over the course of the 1970s.
Date:
Friday 18th March 2011
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Life and Environmental Sciences, Research
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